Silversun Pickups Issue Cease-And-Desist To Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney has been using Silversun Pickups’ “Panic Switch” during official rallies lately, but here’s the big problem — he didn’t get permission from the band. So, the Pickups gang slapped him with a cease-and-desist yesterday. Here’s Silversun Pickups lead singer Brian Aubert:

“We don’t like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign,” frontman Brian Aubert wrote. “We’re nice, approachable people. We won’t bite. Unless you’re Mitt Romney! We were very close to just letting this go because the irony was too good. While he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that “Panic Switch’ really sends the message he intends.”

(via AP)

Romney’s camp issued a statement:

The song was inadvertently played during event set-up before Gov. Romney arrived at the location. As anyone who attends Gov. Romney’s events knows, this is not a song we would have played intentionally. That said, it was covered under the campaign’s regular blanket license, but we will not play it again.

Luckily enough, DEVO came through in the clutch! They dropped a song for Romney yesterday. One song in, one song out.

Comments (5)
  1. What are some appropriate substitutions for “Panic Switch”? How about… “Money (That’s What I Want)” by The Flying Lizards.

  2. “As anyone who attends Gov. Romney’s events knows, this is not a song we would have played intentionally.”

    Right, because everyone knows they only play Obama-hating country artists at Romney events. Or classic rock. Or Sinatra. Or… wait, who is Romney trying to appeal to today?

  3. They should use “4:33″. That song would really convey how exciting of a dude Romney is.

  4. “Hey, I’m gonna play this rock song at your rally.”

    “Do we have the rights to it?”

    “No, but I’ve never heard of an artist or band suing over their song appearing in a political context without their permission.”

    “Good enough for me.”

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